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  • Thoma taken in 2nd round of MLS draft

    Former Los Alamos standout boys soccer player will have a chance to show his stuff in the professional ranks this year.
    Andy Thoma, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was taken in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday. He was the 24th overall selection Thursday and the second pick for the Timbers in the draft.
    Major League Soccer is the top-level organization in the country. The MLS consists of 19 teams in both the United States and Canada.
    The MLS held its combine in Florida last week for incoming college players.
    Thoma, who is 21 years old, was a third-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America following the 2014 season with the University of Washington.
    During his time at Washington, Thoma was chosen for multiple Pac-12 honors, including a second-team selection last year.
    During his career at Los Alamos, Thoma not only was named the Class 4A Player of the Year, he also led the Hilltoppers to their first state title in nearly 25 years.
    Thoma came up big in the postseason for the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers got an unfavorable No. 5 seed in for the 2010 playoffs, but pulled off three straight upsets, over Roswell, St. Piux and Belen to earn the title.

  • Today in history Jan. 16
  • Thoma taken in 2nd rd. of MLS draft

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer player Andy Thoma was drafted by the Portland Timbers as the 24th overall player chosen in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday.
    Thoma, who played for the University of Washington as a fullback, was invited to the MLS combine, which was held last week, and was awarded a MLS contract, meaning he was guaranteed to be present on a league team this coming season.

    Portland opens its season Jan. 31.
    More information will be in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Off The Hill 1-15-15

    Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia St., Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14.

    First Friday Citywide event: Contemporary Artifacts — featuring the works of artists Chris Meyer (mixed media) and Jenn Noel (ceramics). At the Weyrich Gallery, 2835D Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque. Show runs into Jan. 30.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Jan. 16-22

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-6-13
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Restaurant Inspections 1-15-15

    Los Alamos
    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 27
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Soda nozzles need to be cleaned. Thermometers needed in all refrigerators. Three low-risk violations. Walls need cleaning to remove food product accumulation. Outside doors are propped open. Sanitizer bottle too close to dough.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    El Rigobertos Taco Shop, 166 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Oct. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. No sanitizer solution in bucket, which was corrected at time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Ice scoop stored outside of ice maker, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Classic Fare – TA3 Otowi
    Date inspected: Oct. 28
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 28
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot food items held at improper temperatures, items were thrown out and the violation was corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Albuquerque musician chosen as 'Rising Star'

    Albuquerque native Ryan Montaño has been chosen as a “Rising Star” and will perform live as the at the annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City, Florida in April.
    Jazz trumpeter, Montaño, hit the Billboard charts in 2014 with his single, “I’d Like That.”
    For more than 17 years Seabreeze Jazz Festival has featured new talent in their Rising Star segments that have gone onto become some of Jazz’s largest stars including Chris Botti, Eric Darius,
    Euge Groove and Steve Cole just to name a few.
    “I feel, landing the Rising Star gig at Seabreeze Jazz Festival is an affirmation of everything towards which I’ve worked this past decade. To be included on the same artist line-up as many of my musical heroes is truly indescribable,” Montaño said.
    Seabreeze is the first large Jazz festival of the season, attracting fans from across the globe in the thousands. It is closely watched and evaluated by festival organizers, as well as music producers. The Rising Star segment for 2015 is already anticipating more than 8,000 fans in attendance.
    Montaño’s performances can be viewed on Youtube, youtube.com/watch?v=kEJwF5BAEdI.

  • Duke City hosts quilting event this weekend

    The nation’s largest quilting event will be this weekend in Albuquerque.
    The 2015 Quilt Week event will feature four special exhibits centered on the cultural and artistic heritage of its host state and region. The event is hosted by the American Quilter’s Society.
    QuiltWeek Albuquerque will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center through Saturday. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
    From the “Land of Enchantment: 30 Years of Quilts,” by Gail Garber consists of 30 quilts by Albuquerque’s own Gail Garber. The quilts include traditional and geometric designs, Southwestern pictorial quilts, and the free-form art quilts she is now known for.
    Garber has lived in New Mexico for more than 40 years and uses the elements of the Land of Enchantment as inspiration. Many of Garber’s quilts have not been shown together, as well as some that have never been exhibited.
    Navajo Rug Exhibit shares the history and art of Navajo textile weaving as weaver Vanessa Begay-Lee creates a rug on her loom. 
    The Route 66 collection features around 50 art quilts depicting each quiltmaker’s personal engagement with the iconic Mother Road.

  • Sublime tribute band to play in Taos

    It’s been almost fourteen years since Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime played its first show in Matunuck, Rhode Island. Since then, Badfish has not only become a fixture on the national touring circuit, but the band has consistently sold out venues along the way. 
    This past May, Badfish sold out a weekend at the acclaimed Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio, packing in 5,000 fans each day for one of the most memorable weekends in the band’s history.
    Now, with a tour beginning this week, the members of Badfish have decided to shake things up by returning to Sublime’s iconic 1992 debut, 40 Oz. to Freedom — which sold more than two million copies — and perform the album in its entirety.
    The show will start at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the KTAOS Solar Center in Taos. Tickets are $15-18. It is a 21 and over show.
    “It’s actually a great album to play front to back,” said Badfish drummer Scott Begin. “Like all of Sublime’s material, there are a lot of stylistic variations that keep it fun for us and the crowd. Also, it’s a great experience to hear these songs in the order that they were released. Everyone knows what ‘the next song’ is going to be.”

  • Hahn to chronicle recent expeditions

    Dave Hahn, a professional climbing guide and ski patroller in Taos, will be the presenter at the next Mountaineers meeting.
    The talk will begin at 7p.m. Jan. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    Hahn will provide a slideshow of a year in review, detailing his work in guiding and patrolling from Taos to Everest, with a little Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and Mt. Rainier thrown in.
    Hahn has been climbing professionally since 1986. Mount Rainier is his summer home, with almost 30 summers guiding there.
    Hahn has guided extensively in the Antarctic, reaching the highest point on the continent, Mt. Vinson, a record 35 times, and he is well-known for leading expeditions on the Shackelton Traverse on South Georgia Island.
    Hahn has made 30 expeditions over 28 years to Denali and is a veteran of 20 Mt. Everest expeditions, having made the summit 15 times.
    Hahn participated in three expeditions to the north side of Everest intent on solving the mystery of what became of a 1924 pioneering effort; he was part of the 1999 team that found George Mallory’s body at 27,000 feet.
    He has been published in Outside Magazine, and has contributed to several climbing books.